It doesn’t have to be the offseason for Bill Belichick to make some nice, underrated signings. Belichick’s latest shrewd move comes in the form of signing running back Cierre Wood to the New England Patriots‘ practice squad.
Wood was recently waived by Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith for allegedly being one of three players that was smoking marijuana in a hotel room. He disputed the claim,and reportedly passed a drug test shortly after he was waived.
With the character concerns out of the way, Belichick can simply go off of Wood’s talent. And the rookie running back certainly has it.
Woods attended the University of Notre Dame working as a rotational running back in his collegiate football tenure. His overall numbers were as such: 450 carries, 2,447 yards, 16 touchdowns and 52 receptions. That 450 carries for 2,447 yards is good for 5.44 yards per carry. Considering that he faced some good level of competition, averaging almost five-and-a-half yards per carry is very impressive.
Despite this total, Woods was not selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. Part of the reason was that he was not the workhorse at Notre Dame and that some scouts felt that Woods danced too much in the backfield.
Still, some scouts thought that Woods could be a solid change-of-pace running back in the NFL. Guys like that can be justified for going anywhere between the third and fifth round of the draft.
But now Woods resides on the Patriots’ practice squad, and the risk is minimal for a guy who can be solid contributor in this league.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.